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Re: An observation

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05-01-2014 18:23:27

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Old we sell about 300+ tractors a year in the 20 to 120 hp range. I have watched the change in ratios for years. first 2 wheel to 4 wheel change about 10% a year to now days 86% we sell are 4 wheel drive. Then the open station to cab began to change , now days around 38% are cab tractors. Gear drive vrs hydraulic shuttle or hydrostatic transmission changes about 10% a year. Only the person buying price now days buys a gear drive tractor. Most are sold with hydrostatic or at least hydraulic shuttle clutches. So many tractors are bought now for hired help use most of which are not good old farmboy operators. Like ever thing else gear drive was great but it is a sign of passing times.

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Donald Lehman

05-02-2014 04:31:49

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 Re: An observation in reply to jm., 05-01-2014 18:23:27  
Having said what I did above, I have to say I agree with your last three sentances 100%. One of the reasons the military changed over to auto trannys years ago was because the troops no longer had a clue as to how to drive manual transmissions.

Same thing with ATV's. I doubt if you can hardly sell a manual shift ATV anymore. But they sure squeal like a stuck pig when they find out what it costs to rebuild the things!

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